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South Street Oktoberfest – Plus info on Upcoming Annual Armory Oktoberfest

For the 11th year, the South Street Oktoberfest was held in front of the Brauhaus Schmitz, on the street and beneath a massive tent with seating in the 700 block of South Street. Festival goers enjoyed 10 German beers, lots of German food, German dancers and live music, with lots of sing a longs.

A half dozen guys participated in the LITER Lift Competition to win $500

Don’t Miss The 2019 Armory Oktoberfest 

Brauhaus Schmidtz made some changes for this years event
Our Beer Partners Hofbräu are returning, we have changed up the layout so VIP & UBER VIP receive a more efficient service, and the dance floor is being moved to the middle (EVERYBODY DANCES!!) Think BIGGER & BETTER! The Maipole might even make an appearance in disguise!

Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm


Ticketing Options:
General Admission 22 South 23rd Street
$25 Includes: entry, first Liter of beer and a pretzel. Food is pay as you go. Plenty of communal seating for everyone. Table service will also be available in GA.

VIP
$70 (per person, groups of 2-8) Includes: reserved seating, table service, Commemorative glass liter mug to take home, 2 liters of beer, private bathrooms and 1 food ticket good for an entrée platter. Choice of sausage, roast pork or ½ chicken with sauerkraut and potato salad. (Get this, get this, you won’t regret it!!) See you there Friday night wear comfortable clothes as it gets fun, wild and crazy.

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Saturday Shots – A few Fun Shots Taken This Week & Notable News

Hope you had a great week. Thought I’d drop a few shots on Saturday here. Many of you may not follow me on Instagram where I post about 4 shots a day, a lot are newsworthy, which means a new store, a sale or something interesting. Plus I shoot things in general and just run out of time to post them, maybe on Saturday’s I’ll post them here.

Saturday

On Thursday I headed to the Untouchables film set, which was at the Kimmel Center. It was still snowing, but worse it was freezing. Thankfully when I arrived Kevin Hart’s limo had the engine on, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before he popped out to head back to his trailer.

 

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I could have stayed and caught a few more of the actors, but I noticed the trees were stunning with their new snow coats (That’s the wardrobe trailer on the right – this is the shot that told me get out and see beauty.)

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and I decided to go capture this rare sight

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I’m sure this women appreciates me grabbing this shot, although I was really obsessed with the guy’s hat on the right
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Everyone who has owned this house in Rittenhouse, has always put interesting things in this window.
More Snow Photos and a different one of Kevin Hart over at my column in Metro Philly

Also tune into CBS3 Philly Saturday night after the Grammy’s for a little piece they did on me and how to find the celebrities in Philly
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Last night I caught the very beginning of the Lunar Eclipse, but then went to the Susan G Komen party, which I’ll be writing about next week. The walk is coming up May 14

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia

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This week I covered Simon’s Fund Soiree in both Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag
It’s interesting both online mag’s started off with similar photo or ie the most notable people in the room.
Check back with PhillyChitChat on Sunday for Philly Gossip and Good News, a regular column appearing Sunday’s and Thursday’s
Have a great Saturday.

Check Out uwishunu for a great list of things to do this weekend in Philadelphia

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Christmas Village Is Back and I have Lots of Details to put you in the Holiday Mood

Christmas Village Is Back, Now at City Hall with a Carousel in Courtyard

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Christmas Village presented by NRG has returned to Philadelphia for the 2016 holiday season at an exciting new location CITY HALL!

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Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will this year transform Philadelphia’s City Hall (1400 JFK Blvd.) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016. PLUS TODAY on Black Friday, November 25, Christmas Village in Philadelphia invites you to head out of the office and skip the malls for a special free lunch concert from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This year, the German Christmas market welcomes local favorite singer and songwriter Jennifer Logue on stage.

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All of your favorite shops are back

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As well as those cute little mugs for your wine

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Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Thanksgiving Day hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Black Friday hours are 9:00am to 8:00pm and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Grand Opening Ceremony is Sunday this year (Sunday, November 27) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Invite your family and friends to come sing along to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band and Clearview Regional High School Choir. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to the City of Brotherly Love empty handed! With our new location at City Hall this year, watch for a special surprise during the Opening Ceremony!

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Music schedule on the main stage at the City Hall North Apron:

* Monday through Thursday – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
* Fridays – 12:00pm to 1:00pm and 4:00 to 8:00pm
* Saturdays – 12:00pm to 8:00pm
* Sundays – 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Selected early announced performances include:

* Saturday, December 3 – St. Thomas Gospel Choir from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
* Sunday, December 4 – New Spirit of Penn (Gospel Choir of the Penn University) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
* Wednesday, December 7 – Slante (Irish Band during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – Donauschwalben from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – German Hungarian Schuhplattler Group from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm
* Saturday, December 11 – GTV Almrausch from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
* Wednesday, December 14 –The Mixed People Band (during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00om

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Children and families from around the region are invited to join Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s second Lantern Parade on Wednesday, November 30, starting at 5:15pm. Meet outside in front of the Christmas Village’s main stage on City Hall’s Northern Apron and join the festive procession with your homemade and decorated lanterns (battery please, no flame). Children’s carolers from Walnut Street Theatre will accompany the parade around City Hall with a stunt at the big Christmas tree on Dilworth Plaza. The highlight of the night will a stage performance by the Philly POPS Festival Brass at the market’s main stage as the grand finale. Here, the quintet will perform holiday favorites and set the perfect backdrop for a joint performance with all participants. Once the parade has ended, all participants are invited to enjoy a sweet treat together.

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NRG will host their Gingerbread House Decorating Contest again on Friday, December 9 at 1:00pm with members of the press competing on behalf of four local non-profits. In the evening, after the contest winner has been chosen, NRG also brings an official Eagles Player to Christmas Village in Philadelphia for a photo and autograph session at 6:00pm.

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Santa will be visiting on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offers family photos inside his hut. There will also be other family fun like story-telling, caricature artists, face painters, music and more. Schedule will vary by weekend and day.
The new kids’ corner will be open Saturdays 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
This year, a traditional carousel can be found inside the Courtyard which adds to the atmosphere of an authentic Christmas Village. Tickets will be available at the market for a small price.

New Pet Photos with Santa
Woof woof! New for the season, bring your pup down for pet photos with Santa during every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during regular market hours.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia is made up of more than 80 booths and a big vendor tent, much like those found in traditional Christmas Villages in Germany. Within this village, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal goods and gifts that you won’t find in any common shopping mall. Aside from our American vendors, we have German and international vendors selling Christmas decorations from genuine Erzgebirge, nativity sets, glass ornaments in assorted sites, toys, jewelry and so much more.

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FOLLOW:

Twitter @philachristmas
Facebook Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Website www.philachristmas.com

 

 

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Philly Gossip: M Night Shyamlan, Harvey Keitel, The Q Show, Burgers & Bowl

Good Sunday Morning, yes Sunday. I have been thinking for a bit to add a Sunday column cause I have too much content to fit in 5 days, plus Sunday’s are always good days to catch up on Gossip so when you have Brunch, or dinner with the family you can say did you see so and so got married, pregnant, had a kid or saw Harvey Keitel walkind down the street in Old City.

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Friday night I went to Revolutions at Penn Treaty. I toured it Friday, then they told me that that evening would be there “soft opening”, so I went back with Mike. Revolutions is a hip, bowling venue with spots around the county, but here in Philly they’ve partnered with an eatery called Burger & Beers. It’s the prototype, and if successful they’ll roll it out in their next openings. Mike and I really enjoyed our meals (especially my fried pickles and Hotel California Burger) and next time plan to bowl. It’s going to be a huge success. It’s like Dave & Busters, but with bowling, burgers and beer. It’s right next to Punchline and The Fillmore, and across the street from Sugarhouse.

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That same evening The Fillmore had a great act Young The Giant, and the place was packed. My high school friend Jacquie Winner was there, and so was M Night Shyamlan, who stopped for a photo for Rebekah Marine, “The Bionic Model”. She just walked in a few NYFW shows.

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Harvey Keitel and wife Daphna Kastner were spotted in Old City by talk show host Quincy Harris last week. Seems Harvey and Daphna were just enjoying the day in our fair City.

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Last Monday was the debut of The Q Show on Fox 29, hosted by Quincy Harris. He knocked it out of the park, as I knew he would. Ever since I had meant him about 4 years ago when he left radio as QDeezy, and headed to the airways, I could see that he had a certain flair about him and the way he engaged with people.

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Plus the dude has the most incredible Rolodex. Kicking off the show with him last week – The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove. It doesn’t get any better than that. Tune into The Q Show Monday through Friday NOON on Fox 29. Or Tape it like I do. It’s 30 minutes of fun.

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Congrats are in order for the new Mr. & Mrs. Jason Cichonski (Tara Kulesza and Jason Cichonski) who were married Friday night.  Chef Jason Cichonski of Ela, The Gaslight and former Top Chef contestant. The couple met through mutual friend Ryan Dorsey, the co-owner of Old City’s Recess Lounge, at a birthday party Dorsey held at Ela where Tara was a guest. M Night 9-17-2016-11-22-15-am

Alfresco dining with drinks at the new Whole Foods in the Art Museum area. Whole Foods is slated to open October 14, I’m looking forward to Indian Summer.

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NBC10’s Weather gal Sheena Parveen knew it would be a sunny day and chose outside dining at Parc on Friday for her reunion with her friend Taylor Koebeie

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Dish of the Week

Last week I had dinner at the new eatery Lou Bird’s at 20th and Lombard. The food is delicious, and the deserts divine. I even met the namesake of the restaurant – Lou Bird, who’s the precocious 10 year old of Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster, who also own Lou Bird’s. Lou Bird told me her favorite dish was  American Wagyu Strip Fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, kim-chimi, which I will definitely get on a return visit. I had the Rainbow Trout, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

M NightInfo and Tickets for Philly Fashion Week HERE

People are always asking me what events they should attend, sooo starting Wednesday I’m going list 5 – 7 events I think you should attend.  I used to have a calendar on PhillyChitChat, but it was too tedious to keep up. This might work as well. I’ll title the columns #PCCBuzz 7 Events of Interest or something like that. 

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Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food. Mike and I headed to the Zoo on July 16th, his birthday, and one of his favorite events in the Summer, The Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest. A few pixs appeared on Metro Philly, but I wanted to give you more info and pixs here….

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Although the zoo balloon was in all it’s glory, it’s not open at night. But it made for great photos

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Every year the event sells out. So as soon as they mention tickets are on sale, usually in June, go get them.

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Nearly 1,000 summer ale fans lined up to get their wrist bands and sample beer mug

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But if you must, bring your own pretzel necklace

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I headed straight for the new Watering Hole – beer garden-. This year the Philly Zoo began selling beer through out the zoo, and created a beer garden for folks to hang out. It’s a great date place.

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There’s food

A robust menu offers a variety of 10 craft and domestic beers including, Victory Summer Love Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Victory Headwaters Ale as well as New Belgium Flat Tire, River Horse Summer, New Belgium Snapshot, Stella, Goose Island IPA and Tröegs Sunshine Pils. For guests who prefer wine, Woodbridge Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet are also available.  Beverages are served in clear, eco-friendly cups with prices ranging from $6.00 to $8.00 inclusive of taxes. Refreshing drinks, delicious light fare and an enjoyable atmosphere make this “the” spot to be this summer.

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and fun sculptures to take selfies on

 

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There’s bathrooms too

The Watering Hole was designed in partnership with Groundswell Design Group, creators of some of the most popular beer gardens in Philadelphia.  Entrance to The Watering Hole is included in Zoo admission; hours of operation are Friday – Sunday from 11-4pm and holidays. For more information or to purchase Zoo tickets visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

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and lots of picnic benches and tables

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Back out to the festival

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The first year they had food stations by restaurants, but now with the popularity of watering

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There were a lot of beverage tents, and

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even with 1,000 people the lines moved quickly

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All the zoo exhibits were open, which I never made it too or we’d have more photos. There were also several zoo keepers running around with fun games like Guess The Butt,

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or another favorite, guess the dung

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As darkness fell, I headed over to the Festival Tent where there was live music

 

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and a whole lotta people partying

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it was a good time. Really it was, we had a blast. Did I mention there was free parking at the zoo parking garage adjacent to the zoo for this event.

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Mike and I love the Philly Zoo so much, we bought a family pass for the year. Even if we only use it a couple times, we’re glad to support the zoo. It’s more than just animals.